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With Johan Santana still out of action due to shoulder weakness, the New York Mets have named left-hander Jon Niese the Opening Day starter April 1st against the San Diego Padres, according to Adam Rubin.

Niese, a former 7th round draft pick of the Mets in the 2005 amateur draft, started 30 games for New York in 2012, posting a 3.40 ERA, 3.80 FIP and 3.64 xFIP with  7.3 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.

The Mets rotation will now consist of Niese, Shaun Marcum, Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner, with Santana likely to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

 


Such is the way of the Blame Beltran meme. A chance encounter between two players, at opposite ends of their careers, once traded for each other, ends in injury. Wheeler pays respect to the mighty Beltran and, seven minutes later, comes out of his start with a strained oblique. Touching Carlos Beltran leaves him worse for wear… coincidently, of course. OF COURSE.

Not a coincidence: all the excitement surrounding the Mets young right-hander. Between Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey, Mets fans actually have something to look forward to in this post-Dickey way.

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The New York Mets remain in financial trouble. They are not, however, giving up hope forever. They are still the Mets and they still play in or around New York. They will have money, one day.

Right now, the Mets are short on three things: cash, viable Major League outfielders, and hope for the future. The Mets would like to acquire some outfield help, something which is sure to come at the expense of at least one, and possibly both, of their other areas of need.

Michael Bourn is an outfielder. He would surely love to come and play for the New York Mets under promise of considerable sums of money. Because of a quirk in the most recent CBA, if the Mets make a move for Bourn, it will cost them both money and draft-pick shaped hope.

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The New York Mets have dipped into the free agent market, signing former Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum to a contract, according to Jon Heyman. The deal, pending a physical, will be for one year.

Last season, Marcum started 21 games for the Milwaukee Brewers, posting a 3.70 ERA, 4.10 FIP, 4.21 xFIP and 1.4 fWAR in 124 innings.

The 31-year-old right-hander will join a Mets rotation that includes Johan Santana, Jonathan Niese, Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey, with prospects Jenrry Mejia and Zack Wheeler waiting in the wings.

In his career, Marcum owns a 3.76 ERA, 4.24 FIP and 11.7 fWAR in 174 games for the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers.

When Sandy Alderson shipped R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, he did so with an eye on the future. According to the Mets GM’s latest WFAN radio hit, a key piece of that future could debut with the Mets sooner than later. Alderson hinted that Travis d’Arnaud could open the season with the big club, via New York Daily News:

“I just don’t want to rule anything out,” Alderson said. “But at the same time, I don’t want to create false expectations for our fans or put pressure on Travis. He hasn’t played since last June (because of a knee injury). . . . As far as Opening Day is concerned, he could be with us. But we have a very capable veteran in John Buck as well.”

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The New York Mets have shown interest in signing right-handed reliever Brian Wilson, according to Bob Nightengale.

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson watched Wilson throw yesterday during a private workout, but Wilson and his camp were not offered a contract.

Wilson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April after making just two appearances for the San Francisco Giants last season, had reportedly cut down his list of possible landing spots to “five or so” teams. The three-time All-Star with San Francisco, has been rehabbing under the Giants’ supervision this off-season.

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The New York Mets aren’t going to be very good in 2013. That seems to be both understood and accepted. They just traded their best pitcher, their Cy Young award winner for two very significant pieces of the next good Mets team. The next good Mets team will not take the field for a few more years.

Despite the yearnings of their ownership group, the Mets must continue playing baseball games until that time that they can be competitive again. In order for the Mets to properly develop their newfound pitching riches while ensuring the integrity of the game, they must field an entire team of players behind their valuable young arms. They must dress 25 players each night and they must play 162 games in 2013.

For a team, like the New York Metropolitans, without a real center fielder, this represents a challenge. Center field is important, even if the games themselves are not (at all.) The Mets took a baby step to address this vacancy as well as ensuring a strong draft pick in the 2014 draft today when they acquired Collin Cowgill from the Oakland A’s in exchange for a minor league infielder.

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